Consider the following verse from Valmiki Ramayana spoken by Rama.

"Without being asked, I myself would have gladly offered even Sita with kingdom, even my life, loved ones and wealth."

[7, Chapter 19, Ayodhya Kanda, Valmiki Ramayana]

How to understand this verse? How can Rama say that he will offer his wife Sita to his brother Bharata?


Those words can be understood as uttered out of great respect towards his father King Dasaratha.

The preceding and succeeding slokas give clue to us, as to how much respect Sri Rama had towards his father.

अलीकम् मानसम् तु एकम् ह्ऱ्दयम् दहति इव मे | स्वयम् यन् न आह माम् राजा भरतस्य अभिषेचनम् || २-१९-६

"My heart is burning indeed with one sorrowful feeling that king himself has not informed me about Bharata's coronation."

किम् पुनर् मनुज इन्द्रेण स्वयम् पित्रा प्रचोदितः | तव च प्रिय काम अर्थम् प्रतिज्ञाम् अनुपालयन् || २-१९-८

"Being directed by king, who is my father himself, how much more should I tell that I can give everything to Bharata, duly obeying father's promise to fulfil your beloved desire."

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